Two University of Washington College of Education projects working to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities will be featured during the 2018 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase taking place May 14 to 21.

Now in its fourth year, the annual video showcase features more than 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the weeklong event researchers, practitioners, policymakers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

UW projects featured in the showcase are:

Robotics and E-Textiles Backpacks for Family Learning — TechTales is working to foster engineering learning through the use of storytelling, robotics and e-textiles with families. During a series of workshops, families engage in playful and creative interactions to connect important family stories and experiences with contemporary technologies such as the Hummingbird Robotics Kit and Scratch. TechTales is a between the University of Washington, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Public Libraries and Native American-serving organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Bringing Next Generation Science into the Classroom — A partnership between Seattle Public Schools, UW College of Education researchers and the Teaching Channel is changing how science teaching is done, and ultimately, better prepare the next generation of scientists and scientifically-knowledgeable citizens. Teachers, teacher leaders, district science specialists, researchers and professional learning experts developed a blended learning model to support teacher and student learning with "launch units" for K-2 and grades 3-5. Teacher leaders and teachers shared videos from their classrooms, closely examined student work, raised and addressed questions about equitable learning opportunities, and contributed to the improvement of the units and the professional learning model.

Robotics and E-Textiles Backpacks for Family Learning was recognized with both the Public Choice and Presenters' Choice awards, honoring videos viewers found most compelling.

The event is created and hosted by TERC a non-profit, research and development organization, and partners with six NSF-funded resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications